Networking in college

Tips on making connections and building an awesome social circle

When you begin your college career, there is a good chance you may need to actively work in order to make friends and get involved with resources your campus has to offer. It takes work, but like anything, making connections is a skill that can be learned over a period of time and takes consistent practice. Although your university may provide great opportunities for getting involved on campus and meeting people, it’s up to you to do your part to make the most out of these opportunities. Growing your social skills is an important aspect of college that is often overlooked as a necessary skillset. This is especially the case in today's world when most of social connections are made over social media. Don't get me wrong, social media is great but there is no substitute for having proficient social skills when you’re in public.

The first step to building a social circle is making it an important personal goal; you’ll need to have the determination to get over any barriers that are preventing you from being successful in this area. One of the biggest concerns people have when they’re wanting to grow their social circle is how they should go about doing so. This can cause anxiety if you’re not use to meeting new people, but this is when you need to think about why you are doing this and what opportunities may come out of this journey. In terms of how exactly to go about meeting people, this can be done many ways. The simplest way called the cold approach. This entails you walking up to a person you’ve never spoken to and beginning an interaction. Now before you say, “No way, that’s too scary and awkward, I could never do that”, imagine me giving you a hundred dollar bill for every person you meet.

When you really think about it, walking up to random people isn’t that big of a deal when you don’t let your ego get in the way and you’re coming from a place of positivity, self acceptance, and social freedom. If the cold approach technique is not your style, take advantage of the your school's website and the flyers around campus advertising the many events going on. This way, you can attend these events where everyone has at least one thing in common, they’re attending the same event as you. These are just two of the many ways you can make friends on your college journey.

 

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Cody Snow
Senior, advertising

Published: Mar 12, 2018 11:06am

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